Amherst College invites applications for the position of head of cataloging/metadata in the college’s library. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The head of cataloging/metadata is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination for the library's Cataloging/Metadata unit, which has responsibility for ensuring that print, media and e-resources meet national standards and are consistent with consortial agreements and practices.
The head of cataloging/metadata creates original cataloging and develops cataloging/metadata policies and creates documentation and initiates collaborative projects to increase usage of physical and electronic materials by making them more discoverable and accessible. In addition, the individual in the position directs bibliographic and authority maintenance activities, ensuring database quality and accuracy; develops strategies for improved discoverability and usability of the library’s resources; works collaboratively with acquisitions and e-resources management sections and other library units, as well as Five-College colleagues and the ILS manager; provides leadership to support the library’s role in moving to new platforms, including open source, in collaboration with library’s discovery team; helps develop, cultivate, and support a diverse workforce and student body; and leads efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment.
- Create original bibliographic records for a variety of formats and languages using accepted standards such as MARC, RDA or AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification and other standards as the catalog and discovery systems develop
- Contribute to the performance of authority control and disambiguation of names and assist others in this work; contribute original authority work to NACO
- Manage the libraries’ batch processing, analysis, and editing of records, working collaboratively with the e-resources librarian and the Five College Consortium’s ILS manager
- Develop cataloging and metadata policies, create useful documentation, and participate in collaborative projects to increase usage of the library’s electronic, digital, and physical materials by making them more discoverable
- Ensure that cataloging and metadata practices make resources more accessible and usable, with particular attention to inclusion and the needs of historically underrepresented groups
- Improve understanding and implementation of tools and services for cataloging and metadata creation, such as the integrated library system and OCLC Connexion, including troubleshooting of these services
- Lead the Cataloging/Metadata unit through planning, assembling statistics, analysis, and reporting
Leadership and Management
- Supervise the 3.25 FTE catalogers and 1.4 FTE staff
- Create and revise local policies procedures, and documentation and provide training
- Prepare statistics and reports to help administrators make data-informed decisions and to provide statistics to national agencies (ACRL, IPEDS); contribute to library assessment activities and direct the collection of metrics that help reflect the productivity and breadth of services provided by cataloging/metadata staff
- Collaborate and consult with librarians and staff across the Five Colleges’ library consortium to develop consensus regarding priorities, goals, processes, and policies that provide consistency and improve access and usability for our shared collections
- Participate in outreach activities, committees, and working groups of the library, the college, Five Colleges, and regional and national organizations as appropriate
- Demonstrate and facilitate effective communication throughout the library and across the college